Oronde Kairi The Duke Contemporary Oil Painting 24×35 Ellington Jazz Orchestra
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Oronde Kairi paintings focus thematically on sports, jazz, poetry, pop culture, and the human figure.
Artist Statement As a Philadelphia artist who grew-up in the 80s, my inspiration is fueled by the vibrant and dynamic graffiti scrawled along the buildings, trains, and subway tunnels of my youth. For me, street art powerfully expressed the creativity and narrative of the people who made it. Today, my paintings reflect the bold stylizations of my childhood memories, while thematically addressing poetry, jazz, sports, and those in my community. From my Germantown studio, I work in saturated oil colors on stretched canvas or wood panel and aspire to visually convey the human experience through gestural exaggeration and imagining words and sounds as colors and movement. By altering and pushing the figure’s anatomy, I am exploring and revealing a person’s truth. Through my storytelling, I hope to connect the viewer with the subject and make work that is not only… Continue reading on artist page